David Bedein

Take UNRWA to the Hague

UNRWA does not hide the fact that its 30,000 workers act as soldiers at war with the Jews.

This is the time to take into account the origins of UNRWA, initiated by the 1948 UN mediator, Folke Bernadotte, who first conceptualized the “Inalienable Right of Return to Palestine” as a contra to the Jewish aspiration of a Return to Zion, later enacted by Israel as the Law of Return.

The time has come to take off the gloves and finally define UNRWA as a hostile organization, and to investigate the criminal responsibility of the UNRWA Commissioner General, who bears direct responsibility for the discovery of immense quantities of weaponry inside UNRWA schools, as reported to the renewed Israel Knesset Lobby for UNRWA Policy Change by an IDF officer on active duty.

A criminal investigation of UNRWA at the Hague will focus on its direct involvement in terror actions.

All it takes is for one member of the Knesset to request that the Knesset research division gather evidence to present to the UN Secretary General with charges of war crimes committed by UNRWA. That will get the ball rolling towards the Hague.

It would be appropriate to ask at least one UNRWA donor to reactivate the dormant RWG – Refugee Working Group – as the UNRWA donors to oversee UNRWA’s 1.6 billion dollar budget, with vast amount of funds received in cash and unaccounted for.

A revitalized RWG would investigate the transparency of 1.6 billion dollars of annual donations from 68 donor countries and 33 organizations – most of it in cash and unaccounted for – so that funds for UNRWA will no longer wind up in the coffers of terror organizations that now control the UNRWA treasury. The RWG would be asked to vet UNRWA employees associated with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, or Fatah, in accordance with laws of donor nations that forbid assistance to any terror entity.

Since UNRWA bears responsibility for more than 5 million descendants of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, it would seem logical to apply the working principles of the UNHCR – the UN High Commission for Refugees – to promote the permanent resettlement of fourth and fifth generations of refugees who have lived the past seven decades as “refugees in perpetuity,” because UNRWA policy had always been that a policy of the resettlement of the Palestinian Arab refugees from the 1948 war will harm their “Right of Return,” which has been reinforced by thousands of graffiti spread all over UNRWA, which call for Jihad and the praise of martyrs and murderers, while praising “Right of Return” by force of arms, along with the new UNRWA new school curriculum, based on Jihad, adulation of martyrs and incitement against the Jews.

There is no excuse for UN school indoctrination to violence, since the motto of UN education is “Peace begins Here.” Notably, 58% of the UNRWA budget is spent on UNRWA “education.”

There is no reason why a renewed RWG cannot demand a thorough check for weaponry in all UNRWA facilities, a cessation of any weapons training of UNRWA students and the removal from all UNRWA schools of PA texts that praise the mass murderer Dalal Al Mugrabi.

Pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, any individual, group, or organization can send information on alleged or potential ICC crimes to the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the ICC.


About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at:
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